Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Kyle MacLachlan on returning to 'Twin Peaks' after decades

Kyle MacLachlan on returning to 'Twin Peaks' after decades

Before, I'm sure people thought about the show, but they didn't have anyone to talk to about it.

In a 1998 interview, Mark Frost, who co-created "Twin Peaks" with avant-garde director David Lynch, suggested there was "a design flaw in the show", whose serialized nature made it hard for viewers to keep up if they missed an episode or to join the series in progress. You try and stay true to the ideas, you work until every element feels correct, and then you see how they go out into the world. The rest, as they say however, is history. Full of unusual humor, offbeat characters, lush cinematography, and moments of nightmarish dread, it was a one-of-a-kind program that helped pave the way for the "Golden Age" of television.

However the new Twin Peaks plays out, here from the memory banks are some moments that are stuck in our collective brains. It's the same diner where Audrey Horne, a flirty high schooler with a restless crush on Cooper, tells Laura's best friend Donna that she started drinking coffee-always black-"because Agent Cooper loves coffee". How will the show address the BOB of it all without the late Frank Silva, who played the murderous spirit during the original run? Most importantly: how is Annie? When asked about "Twin Peaks" at a press conference in January, SHOWTIME President David Nevins promised one thing.

"They let me read it all the way through, and then I had to pass the script back", MacLachlan says.

"Many of them I hadn't seen in the meantime". I just can't tell them. The first season kept the killer a mystery, but by the time the second season rolled around, network execs were pressing Lynch to reveal who the killer was. There were no opportunities for that. I love the people in the world. I think that that's what really made a huge difference then, gave a long-lasting timeless quality to it. The pilot was not that short; it was a feature film, it just had an open ending.

When you did Twin Peaks the first time, TV was very much seen as a step-down from film. Agent Cooper (played by returning lead Kyle MacLachlan) will be back in the weird little hamlet of Twin Peaks, Washington, a quarter-century after the original ABC series aired.

It sounds like David Lynch really turns his cast and crew into a family... It reunites series creators Lynch and Mark Frost, along with numerous original cast members: MacLachlan, Everett McGill, Peggy Lipton, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, James Marshall, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Akron native Ray Wise, Grace Zabriski, Harry Dean Stanton, Walter Olkewicz, David Duchovny and the late Migeul Ferrer. Lynch and Frost are coming back, with Lynch directing all of the episodes this time. When it comes to making sweet music out of greaser nostalgia, Lynch and Badalamenti were by no means pioneers. There are a lot of holy places up here, a lot of sacred places. It just touches something in the psyche.

In 1990, "Twin Peaks" was clearly ahead of its time. "Once you start walking in the woods, your imagination starts going and you know there's something of this in the land of Twin Peaks", he continued. They are joined by such newcomers as Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Vedder and Naomi Watts. In reality, "discuss" might be too strong of a word.

To which the director cheekily replied: "I hear heroin is a very popular drug these days".

The influence of "Twin Peaks" also stems from its pioneering work as an auteur-driven TV show, even with two imaginations at the helm.

Showtime is hoping to catch lightning again with the new "Twin Peaks", reuniting many old faces while adding a sprawling assortment of new ones. I have said it's nearly as if Twin Peaks never stopped.

But "Twin Peaks" took over the collective imagination of a chunk of the country before social media made sharing obsessions with strangers easy and before the internet itself was widespread. 13 Reasons Why, Riverdale, and Stranger Things all delve into the most macabre parts of Twin Peaks. "But it has that same kind of power and magic going forward". This Sunday, "Twin Peaks" finally does return with new episodes on SHOWTIME. Stay tuned to THR.com/TwinPeaks for continuing coverage of the series.

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